the year of LIVING UNOFFICIALLY

365 days of celebration

12
August

Vinyl Record Day

Posted by Brittany

Chris and I had a daunting day, fraught with unpleasant surprises (read “speeding ticket”) and challenges (read “Brittany doesn’t know SQL as well as she thought), so we were really looking forward to celebrating Vinyl Record Day when we finally got home this evening. Chris brought his turntables downstairs and spent some time playing DJ, and even put on a little impromptu concert for me. When he was finished I dug through my collection to find that ancient record with “On Top of Spaghetti” and hunkered down on the couch, relaxing, listening, and giggling over the inane children’s songs. A couple of times Chris started to say something and I found myself reaching for a remote to pause the record only to start laughing again, this time at myself. But it didn’t take me long to come to a conclusion about our old vinyl records: what we give up in convenience, we get back in soulful authenticity. And while that soulfulness might not be so important for the silly songs of my childhood, isn’t it for the music of artists like Nina Simone and Peggy Lee? I’d take vinyl over digital for those great ladies any day.

About 10% of the world’s population is left-handed and tomorrow we’ll be celebrating some of our favorite left-handers for International Left Handers Day! (Hint: one of the founding members of The Year of Living Unofficially is a lovely lefty!)

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